Atlantic slave trade

15th to the 19th century

An overview of the Atlantic slave trade

the Atlantic slave trade basically started from the production of sugar and cash crops in the Caribbean and everywhere, and how the profitable expansion of sugar agriculture in the Caribbean in the seventeenth century a new era opened called the African slave trade. these slaves were forcefully brought over from Africa their home to be forced onto ships to places like the south America and even north America bringing over 10 million Africans to the Americas because of the three major cash crops being grown at that time sugar cane tobacco , and cotton there were not enough settlers to harvest those so the Europeans went to Africa the slaves at first were not to be kept for a long sentence but when white kings came into the picture they started to trade thinks like weapons and rum with African kings and queens for their people and when African kings and queens looked to sell these people they didn't even view them as fellow Africans but as prisoners and criminals

Social structure of the Atlantic slave trade

Regarding gender role on ships that were shipping slaves the women were abused by the crew and men were to perform dances on the ship to keep them fit and also play the harp or the fiddle to keep their intellect up. when Africans were shipped to the Americas they were seen as the lowest regarding social class. regarding life on the plantation slaves were required to work long and tiring shifts extending to about eighteen hours the only people that were not allowed to work but still served some type of value on the plantations were infants, the very old, or the very sick the jobs on the plantations were jobs such as field laborers, tradesmen, field drivers, field cooks, mule, cattle, and stable men, watchmen, nurse, domestic gardens and etc,. Slave labor was also organized by age, sex, . Carribean colonies only about 2 percent of slaves were house servants and about 70 percent of able-bodied slaves worked in fields,. The great gang made up of the strongest slaves in the prime life didi the heaviest work, such as breaking up the soil at the beginning of the planting season. because slave ships brought twice as many males as females from Africa, men outnumbered women on the Caribbean plantations a little over half of adult males were employed in the nongang work .some tended the livestock,, including mules and oxen. skilled slaves received rewards of food and clothing or time off of work bu the most common reason for working hard was to escape punishment, punish meant for slaves in addition to whipping and other cruel punishments slave owners devised other ways to shame and intimidate slaves into obedience. metal face mask was a source of punishment used often to prevent the slaves from eating or drinking

Political structure of the Atlantic slave trade

at the time of the Atlantic slave trade slaves before Africans had already been transferred to the-the Americas Africa was leading a war against the Portuguese that was when the white kings came into the picture offering queens and kings of Africa weapons , rum, and other luxury goods for their people these African kings and queens gave up their people not even notifying them as fellow Africans but as criminals , prisoners of war and debates , so all the while , while these slaves where being sold and shipped to different destinations little didi these queens and kings of Africa notice but was that when they sold these "criminals and prisoners of war" that they too would have face the consequences because even though they had all those luxury goods , the continent of Africa lost all its good workers and fell behind basically a whole over view was that Africa was in turmoil having that they had sold mostly but all there men leaving there country behind which caused them to fail down in social class

interactions on the atlantic slave trade

the slave trade amounted about 7.5 million Africans, a third of those Africans went the west indies, 5 percent went to north American and the rest went to the Spanish countries most slaves were carried on huge ships that were specially modified for the slave trade by the construction of the ships decks of the additional platforms on which the human cargo was packed as tightly as possible .when Africans were aboard the ships and packed very tightly disease had spread easily because of lack of hygiene and then once they got off the ships and onto plantations the disease spread there also like malaria a disease that was brought over by Africans had now spread onto the plantation , also due to poor nutrition and overwork lowered fertility the continuation of the heavy field work made it difficult for a woman who became pregnant to carry child to term for after a child's birth to ensure the infants survival

Culture in the atlantic slave trade slave trade

African religion different from the Americas in the west indies was represented as well as their patterns of speech, styles of dress and adornment and music were prominent parts of the west Indian life . on lots of plantations slaves would sing songs that reminded them of home to get them through the long hours of work and also they sing African songs when they needed some reassurance that everything would be okay but mostly they song to lead away from the idea of fatigue and death slaves in the plantations mostly surround the things they did by wanting to go home and cherishing that thought of going back home
The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you - Anthony Hazard

Economy in the atlantic slave trade

the Atlantic trade of the 16th century calls to mind the treasure fleet an annual convoy of twenty to sixty ships were laden with silver and gold bullion from Spanish A America tow different types of merchant's vessels typify the far more eighteenth centuries many separate pieces went into making the Atlantic economy. besides the plantation system itself, three other elements, besides the plantation system itself three other elements merit further investigation new economic institutions, new partnerships between private investors. at the heart of the trading system was the Atlantic circuit it bag in Europe ran south to Africa , turned west across the Atlantic ocean to the Americas , and swept back to Europe . two European innovations enables private investors to fund the rapid growth of the Atlantic economy .